Originally posted in September 2015 on vmice.net
You’ve submitted your design and your brain is fried. Now you are faced with creating the most detailed but the most to-the-point slide deck you have ever created. It will include close to 100% important content. Well at least the first part. More on that later.
A VCDX slide deck can include anything you like, as long as you get your message through and cover the whole design. Everyone has a different presentation style and you should follow what works best for you. The only thing that needs to be consistent is time cause that’s the only thing you don’t have a lot of during the defense.
My slide deck included the following layout:
- VCDX Defense Slides: 22 Slides.
- VCDX Deep Dives: 62 Slides
- VCDX Alternatives: 8 Slides
That’s a lot of slides, and in the end I only used 2-4 of the Deep Dive and Alternative slides, but I don’t consider creating those slide “wasted time” since I learned a lot creating the slide deck itself. Creating extra slides is therefore not a bad use of your time (not mentioning all the nice diagrams you can later use in projects)
My slide deck was based on a lot of recommendations from Rene Van Den Bedem, VCDX 133, which was my mentor as well. I recommend reading this post from his blog: http://vcdx133.com/2014/04/24/vcdx-the-presentation/ It has really good pointers that I thoroughly followed. And he also has a very detailed VCDX section that I fully recommend reading, at least twice.
The following posts will cover each section of the section layout in detail.
There are a lot of good information out there on VCDX presentations, so make sure you visit all the other ones as well for good advice. These are some of the ones I read at least twice:
- Josh Odgers – VCDX90 – http://www.joshodgers.com/2014/03/05/vcdx-defence-essentials-part-1-preparing-for-the-design-defence/
- Niran Even-Chen – VCDX142 – http://cloud-abstract.com/incorporating-business-requirements-into-your-vcdx-presentation/
- Matt Vandenbeld – VCDX107 – http://cloudmatt.com/?p=78
- Brent Meadows – VCDX110 – http://www.brentmeadows.com/2013/06/vcdx-defense-tip-presentation-format/
- Safouh Kharrat – VCDX136 – http://www.safouh.com/rectify-your-vcdx-design-issues-in-defence-presentation/